Rrriiinnng! There goes the alarm again. Inside my room it is warm and cozy, and outside, the snow is falling ever so softly. Just as the brood of little sparrows in my dream had concluded their rendezvous, shattering the fair illusion, echoed the call to wake up. A struggle, it seems to be some days, for those unwilling peepers would have gladly done with a little more sleep.
The splash of fresh water, the smiling skies, and refreshing air outside sure will play their part in adding the sunshine to my day – but did I perhaps in the busyness of daily living overlook the thing most vital to a good and fulfilling day of work? Yes, we spend one third of our lives in bed. If you have lived 75 years, you have spent 25 years sleeping. So, how very important is it that we have a refreshing and cozy time of rest every night! While our physical system needs this time of quiet when it can slow down and relax, this is also when we grow fresh, healed and nourished.
More important than you may think, is the respite of a good night’s rest, for that sets us up to run through the day – fresh and with a spring in our steps.
So, if you have been struggling to get a good night’s rest, here are some pointers that will help steer you in the right direction.
- Look well to the ambience in the room. Make it as cozy and clutter-free as possible. A well ventilated room, set at just the right temperature will set the tone.
- If you love soft music, the perfect lullaby to put you to sleep, let the notes float as you gently fall asleep.
- I am a lover of fragrances, and the more delicate and dreamy it is, the better.
- Make sure the room is dark enough to be comforting. This also aids the natural process of our body, as you gently fall asleep.
- Try a calming and refreshing drink like warm chamomile tea, just before going to bed.
- If you are struggling with getting those little eyes to take a nap, try a warm bath with essential oils like lavender, and perhaps a generous dose of Epsom salt (if you are not sensitive to it). Soak in the warmth for at least 15 minutes, before retiring to bed.
More important than anything – when cares and burdens tumbling down keep you awake, whisper a prayer to God who loves you, and is always watching over you. Leave everything in His loving hands, and sleep, for He will take care of all. Let songs of worship wash over your soul, as you rest in the arms of the Lord Jesus. Healing virtue flows from His hands, and your sleep will be sweet. In His strength, wake up to greet the morn, with the day so well begun by seeking His face before all.
“It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so he giveth his beloved sleep.” Psalm 127:2 (KJV)